European Politics in Transition #5

The German Elections: Continuity or Change?

Across Europe the upcoming German elections are followed with great interest. After 16 years of stability under Merkel, will German voters opt for continuity or change? With scholars from different disciplines we discuss what the elections on the 26th of September are likely to bring, and what the results might mean for the future of Europe.

We will examine the campaign in the run up to the elections, the faith of the main parties competing, the way in which historical and contemporary cleavages shape politics in Germany, potential government coalitions and the international ramifications of new leadership in the heart of Europe.

About the speakers

Hanco Jürgens is a researcher and teacher at the Institute for German Studies at the University of Amsterdam. He is currently researching the influence of European integration on the social, political, and economic relations in Germany and the Netherlands, and has published in recent years about the life and politics of Angela Merkel.

Björn Bremer is a Senior Researcher in Comparative and International Political Economy at the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Societies (MPIfG) in Cologne, Germany. He previously obtained his PhD from the European University Institute, Florence. His main research interests are the politics of macroeconomic policies and economic crises as well as the political economy of European integration.

Julia Schulte-Cloos is a Marie Skłodowska-Curie funded Research Fellow at the Geschwister Scholl Institute of Political Science at Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich. Her main research interests lie in comparative politics and political behavior and she has published about the success of the German AfD.

Tarik Abou-Chadi is Assistant Professor at the Department of Political Science at the University of Zurich, and will be joining the University of Oxford as Associate Professor at Nuffield College in September 2021. His research focuses on electoral competition in advanced democracies, and he has published about the demise of social democratic parties in Western Europe, and the rise of green and radical right parties.

Theresa Kuhn (moderator) is Associate Professor in Political Science at the University of Amsterdam where she is also co-director of ACES and of the programme group Challenges to democratic representation. She researches European identity and solidarity in the wake of recent crises, using comparative survey and experimental methods.

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